Now On Demand: Resilience and Racial Equity

We had a “full house” for the live delivery of this webinar! With this topic being more important than ever, we wanted to make sure we share the on-demand recording with all. Take some time to view this at your leisure, and then think about what you will do differently.


Tuesday Tips from Nefertiti B. Poyner, Ed.D.

We enjoy creating them, and we hope you enjoy watching them. Since the beginning of September, Nefertiti has been providing weekly videos that offer all of us helpful tips for resilience-building – in both children and grown-ups! Check out the playlist below, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you know when new videos are posted.


Free Resources for Parents/Families

Now, more than ever, resources for parents and families are essential to have. Resilience-building cannot be halted by the pandemic. If you are a professional working with the parents/families of children in your care, or if you are a parent yourself, be sure to check out our web pages of free resources. You’ll find simple ways to promote resilience and social-emotional health in young children, activities that parents/families can do with their children to help them develop socially and emotionally, and more!



Resilience-Building Continues During the Pandemic

Since the beginning of this pandemic, our team has been working to figure out ways to best support those working with young children and their families. Many of you may have already seen or are already aware of the actions we’ve taken so far, but we just want to highlight them here for all to see.

Guide/FAQs: DECA Program Use During the Pandemic

This tool is specifically designed to help programs reflect on the nuances associated with implementing the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) Program during a national health crisis that is interrupting early care and education services in a variety of ways.



Tips for Getting Through the Pandemic

Our own Nefertiti B. Poyner, Ed.D., so kindly provided all of us with weekly tips during a portion of this pandemic. These tips were specific to adult resilience for the most part, and were specific to the challenges that the pandemic has brought upon us. If you have not yet seen this 14-video playlist, or perhaps you’re needing/wanting to revisit some of the tips, we welcome you to do so!


On-Demand Webinars

We recently delivered a few different webinars, all of which were presented with the pandemic in mind. Things are different – we all know that. While the topics of these webinars are familiar, these specific recordings may help you continue resilience-building during these challenging times.

Building Your Bounce in a Challenging Time

Tips for Supporting Resilience and the DECA Program during a Pandemic

Rubber Bands and Umbrellas! 5 Practical Strategies for Helping Parents Understand Risk Factors, Protective Factors and Resilience

FLIP IT Instead of Flipping Out: You Can Transform Challenging Behavior!

Free Resources Library

A one-stop web page of all of our free tools and resources! That’s right. With the state of the world right now, we understand that making things easy is more than appreciated. Well, we’ve gathered all of our free resources and have placed them in this one spot. Check it out if you haven’t already.


Setting an Example: Starting Point (OH)

Programs from far and wide are having to adjust to restrictions and guidelines put in place due to the pandemic. Centers that were only using the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) Program via teachers or consultants are now trying to obtain more parent and family involvement. Well, we know of one program that’s doing this and is so far having success. Starting Point is Northeast Ohio’s child care, early education and out-of-school-time resource and referral agency. Here’s what their wonderful team – Constance Walker, Shaffawn Fields, Connie Loftin, Lailah Ameer, Emily Montgomery – have been doing to keep resilience-building going amidst these challenging times.

  • They have guided schools and centers in implementing the DECA Program with parents/families, and so far, staff/teachers are finding that the DECA offers common ground for building relationships.
  • They developed an incentive program that encourages staff/teachers to collect as many parent ratings as they can. Prizes awarded are educational and meant for use by the winning centers.
  • They have offered virtual office hours for their centers, where staff can meet with the Starting Point team to discuss any questions or concerns.

Overall, this fantastic team has taken the steps they deem necessary to be proactive, rather than reactive. They are providing exceptional support to their centers, all while ensuring that the DECA Program fits well into their existing practices. Special thanks to Constance Walker for sharing this wonderful update, and for letting us share with all of you!

A virtual, educational and creative event

with Nefertiti B. Poyner, Ed.D.

  • Part 1 on December 3, 2020 from 1:00pm-2:00pm ET
  • Part 2 on December 10, 2020 from 1:00pm-2:00pm ET
  • Part 3 on December 17, 2020 from 1:00pm-2:30pm ET

All across the country, early care and education settings are simply just not the same. New rules, new regulations and mounting expectations may prove to make the work we do a bit more challenging.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE. We can do this together! We will not let physical distancing get in the way of providing professional development that supports social connections. In this live webinar series, our team will help participants to unfold the concepts of risk, resilience, protective factors and overcoming obstacles – big and small. Complete with creative, reflective experiences, the goal is to provide participants with an opportunity to self-reflect on their well-being, and then take action to better support their resilience. Whether individuals work directly with children or parents, or support children and families indirectly, this virtual experience can benefit each member of your team!

  • Register 1 participant = $129 per person
  • Register 2-3 participants = $119 per person
  • Register 4 or more participants = $109 per person

*Registration closes at 11:59pm ET on November 30, 2020.


An innovative and reflective experience

with Nefertiti B. Poyner, Ed.D., and Rachel Wagner, MSW

If you work in the human service field and supervise staff, you know the challenges that come with leadership. Leading teams can be difficult and leading teams during times of change or crisis can feel overwhelming. Research informs us that maintaining a culture of resilience is an important component of preventing compassion fatigue and secondary stress that can lead to burnout. The science of resilience helps us to understand what skills, behaviors and attitudes are essential to navigate challenges and lead in ways that help our teams “bounce back” and move forward.

Individual leaders, leadership teams and aspiring leaders are invited to join Nefertiti B. Poyner, Ed.D., and Rachel Wagner, MSW, as they deliver a unique, six part, webinar-based professional development experience focusing on resilient leadership. During this training series, participants will develop resilient leadership abilities using a process of self-assessment and intentional reflective practices. The training will foster skills and competencies in leaders – too many of whom are combatting high levels of stress, burnout and secondary trauma – that help to create a culture of resilience.

  • Register 1 participant = $249 per person
  • Register 2-3 participants = $229 per person
  • Register 4 or more participants = $199 per person

*Registration closes at 11:59pm ET on January 15, 2021.


Virtual Learning Brought to You

While we miss coming out to your programs/communities, we love that we are still able to come to you, virtually! If you haven’t seen already, we have a whole menu of topic options that you can look through. See what would be helpful to you and your teams, and then reach out to us to discuss how to move forward! The following button will take you to the menu, and if/when you’re ready, simply fill out this professional development request form or contact DCRC Director of Professional Development Debi Mahler at [email protected]!

Revisited: DCRC Blog Posts

While the resilience of our team has been tested this year, just like yours, we like to remind ourselves of the great posts we’ve put together in the past. These posts we share here are ones we feel can help us, even now, and perhaps especially now. Whether you’re reading these for the first time, or rereading them, we sincerely hope you find them helpful.

Comparison Can Be Cruel: One coping strategy does not fit all

Tips for Being Present, Not Perfect This Holiday Season

Family, Feelings, and the Resilience they can help build

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